Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Deadly Temptation

Adam and Eve had the most significant opportunity for happiness and fulfillment, and they blew it. Their home was Eden; it was a perfect place where everything functioned in harmony. They enjoyed an intimacy with nature, with themselves, and with God that was unimaginable to us. However, when God created these first two people, he gave them volition—the ability to choose to obey or disobey.

Moses described the first couple as “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame” (Gen 2:25). That is an astounding statement that Adam and Eve knew no shame or guilt. They may have lived in this state for thousands of years before the Fall. Then came the deadly conversation with the Devil and the lethal consequences. Moses describes them after the Fall in these words: “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves” (Gen 3:7). What a contrast between the two verses. They now realized they were naked and their innocence was gone. That realization is the same one that every man realizes when he leaves his wife for another woman. It is the same realization that a woman has who has defrauded her company. It is the ugly, dirty feeling that this is not as good as I thought it would be.

The deadly conversation between the snake and Eve lured Eve to think that she could be like God. Moses says it this way, "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Gen 3:5). Sin has a lure that entices—it gives promises that enthrall the mind, but the lie is that they are empty promises. The temptation was one that promised Adam and Eve that they could make their own rules. That is the temptation of our culture. “I will make my own rules and chart my own course, and I will decide what is right and wrong.”

The deadly temptation could have only been averted by standing on the Word of God. Adam and Eve could have defended God’s Word that was being assailed by Satan, but instead they rejected it. The same thing happens to us today. While we helplessly stand by, the world mocks our faith and ridicules our beliefs. The most dangerous thing about our society today is the rejection of God’s Word. It is happening all around us, with the changing of the definition of marriage and the changing of the meaning of what it means to be male and female. The rejection of the idea that young men and women can live sexually pure until marriage is a lie that is accepted even by many Christians. Only in complete obedience to God’s Word will Christians be able to be salt and light. In our rejection of the Bible, we lose our saltiness.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Foundation of Marriage

For five thousand years, marriage has been the foundation of our society. The concept of marriage originates in the Bible in Genesis 2:18-25 where God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." God then created the woman from the man he had made, “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” The Lord brought Eve to Adam the way a father presents his daughter to the man she marries.

From this passage, we come to understand that marriage represents the legal and moral obligations a man and a woman have to each other. It is both permanent and exclusive. The fidelity and monogamy of marriage are unique in this the most intimate of all relationships on earth. Marriage is a public covenant that announces to the world his and her acceptance of these responsibilities with the utmost sincerity and reverence. Marriage provides stability for children born to this union and gives an example of what a mother, father, husband, and wife are to the children. Marriage satisfies the sexual and emotional desires of both the husband and wife. Of course, not all marriages are a success, but that does not diminish the concept of marriage and its potential.

The new alternatives to marriage today are cohabitation and same-sex marriage. Marriage, they say, is nothing more than the union of two people who love each other and are committed to each other.

Cohabitation is in many ways the joining of two individuals who continue to live as individuals without expecting the total commitment that marriage demands. The result is that the longevity of cohabitation is nowhere comparable to traditional marriage. Cohabitation has more difficulty joining two individuals and their extended families because of its lack of permanence and commitment.

Same-sex marriage denies the natural basis for marriage, which is procreation. All major religions of the world support traditional marriage, underscoring the natural view of marriage. Same-sex marriage also lacks the longevity of traditional marriage.

The new proposals for replacing traditional marriage will now face new challenges. Who is to say that polyamorous relationships are not legitimate? Biblically speaking, marriage is not just a social and legal arrangement but also, most importantly, a moral covenant that is made clear in the first book of the Bible.